From Seeds to Cedars: How Plants Grow KS1-KS2


Let your children see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore our Formal Gardens and Walled Kitchen Garden with our knowledgeable guides. This is a wonderful way for children to explore the world around them and develop their understanding of scientific ideas as they discover how plants grow in the context of a beautiful, established, working garden. Newly planted seedlings, 300 year old trees and plants that have been in existence since the days of the dinosaurs – all contextualised in a peaceful, garden setting.

Each child will take a seed they have planted back to school. Follow up resources will be available to teachers to continue the learning in the classroom.

This session can be adapted for pupils from Year 2 up to Year 6. June & July only.


This activity day will develop understanding of the science curriculum through direct experience, allowing children to connect with the natural world. Topics covered include: what plants need for growth; the life cycle of a plant; the different forms that plants take and what we use plants for. Throughout, children will use their senses to investigate all sorts of plants from small fruits to our largest trees.

What to expect

Your morning in the Gardens will be spent with a member of our Gardens’ team and/or a guide. This is an outside activity (whatever the weather) so please dress accordingly. Your group will be divided into two smaller groups; while one is exploring the Formal Gardens, the other will be investigating the Kitchen Garden.


Please arrive by 10.00 am to get ready for your day. We will meet your coach and show you the facilities. Please ensure your coach remains on site all day to transport your group if you are visiting the Adventure Playground in the afternoon. Your guide will come to take you  through to the Garden where the programme starts at 10.15 am promptly  The morning programme ends around 12.00 midday.

If you would like to book a visit to the Gift Shop during the lunch break, please indicate this on the booking form. Students will enjoy browsing the wide range of affordable souvenirs. Alternatively, we can make up pre-paid  themed goody bags to various price points. Please discuss with the group bookings team. 

At 12.00 midday, your coach will take you through the Deer Park to the Adventure Playground  for an afternoon’s free play. The Playground is available from June – August. Outside of these dates, teachers may choose to organise games on the Park or in the Gardens. The Group Bookings team can advise and recommend options. There are covered picnic areas at the Playground for schools to use to have their packed lunches. Please advise when booking if you would like to use the bouncy castle and our fantastic drop and Astro slides (height restrictions apply). Most schools depart at around 2.15 pm in good time for the trip back to school.